This coming Sunday, June 16, 2017 is Father’s Day. I have many fatherly figures in my life that I love and owe a lot to. Besides my own dad, someone who played a big fatherly figure in my life was my Papa. I wrote about him in a past blog post: “In Loving Memory.”
Being a father is one thing, but being a dad is totally different. Anyone can be a father, but it takes a really special person to be a dad.
Dad’s do a lot for their family, but sometimes they get so caught up with keeping things on track that they forget the important things. As a dad, there are three things I think that you should never forget:
1. You’re the first man your daughter loves and the first role model your son sees.
You are their hero, whether you know it or not. Your children look up to you. When they’re young, they see all that you do and will remember it as they get older. Show your daughters how women should be treated and teach your sons to be true gentlemen.
2. You don’t always need to be strong.
Embrace your sensitive side. Let your family see you at your worst and also let them see how you overcome the things that break you.
3. Lead by example.
When years pass, your children will remember more of what you did than what you said. Be the person you want them to be when they get older.
There is so much more to fatherhood than I will ever understand, but for all of you dads out there, I want you to know that you are loved and appreciated.
Happy Father’s Day.